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Diego Pattaro holds a Bachelor and a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Padova. After experiences in the field of mechanical design, he embarked in his journey into the electrical world with DASOTEC Company. At DASOTEC, he has been active in various roles, ranging from promotion, sales and assistance of monitoring systems and electrical test equipment, primarily for power transformers, to performing on-site installations and commissioning of monitoring devices, organization of testing and maintenance tasks, and hands-on work with maintenance activities and transformer oil treatment, combining both the intellectual activity with practical application. Currently he serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of DASOTEC, where he continues to sharpen his expertise and knowledge within the world of electromechanics.
James Reid holds a MSc Reliability Engineering & Safety Management from Heriot Watt University and a BEng Chemical Engineering from University of Edinburgh. He has been a chartered Chemical Engineer with the IChemE since 2002 and is also a member of ASTM. Based in the UK, James leads the technical applications team providing global support for all the ester-based products manufactured by global specialty materials company M&I Materials, including the MIDEL range of dielectric liquids. Prior to joining the technical team at M&I Materials in 2019, James has over two decades experience in technical and operational management roles with major UK utility, leading international chemical, and specialist oil companies.
Jean SANCHEZ is senior transformer engineer at EDF, French main generation utility, mostly on investigations, tests and its associated diagnosis, Factory Acceptance Tests, HV bushings, fleet assessments. He’s involved in IEC and CIGRE working groups. He completed a PhD degree on power transformers fault diagnosis in 2011 with a French power transformer reparation factory, TSV.
Ufuk Kivrak has BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering. He has more than 25 years of industrial experience in transformers and power grid industries. He has worked for ABB in several management positions in Turkey, Thailand and Switzerland. He has led Supply Chain Management organization of ABB Transformer business globally from 2003 to 2015, which included explosive growth of transformer market from 2003 to 2008, which was followed by a market collapse in 2009 and onwards. In 2015, he has joined Alstom Grid as VP-Strategic Sourcing and continued as Head of Strategic Sourcing in GE Grid Solutions after Alstom was acquired by GE. Currently he is Managing Director of SCM Consulting GmbH.
Armando Pastore received his mechanical engineering master’s degree from University of Naples Federico II. After the graduation he had different experiences in automotive and railway sectors. He joined the power grid business sector in 2012 working as R&D mechanical engineer and product industrialization with special focus on transformer and wall bushings for HVDC application. Since 2015 he has been working at GE Grid Solution covering different roles as engineering manufacturing, production, technical and product manager. In 2022 he has been appointed chair for Italy SC 36A – Insulated bushings.
Riccardo Actis was born in 1969 He holds a degree in mechanical engineering, obtained from Polytechnic University of Turin in 1995. Today he is the Global Operation Manager of the On-Site Service Department at Sea Marconi, with more than 25 years of experience in organization and follow-up of on-site work activities, in Italy, France, Spain, and other countries (KSA, Argentina, Uruguay, Japan). Riccardo has a deep knowledge of condition-based maintenance, as well as treatment and decontamination techniques of insulating liquids.
Head of the Laboratory for Physical and Chemical Testing since 2016. Main areas of expertise are related to testing of insulating and construction materials with condition assessment, e.g., dissolved gas analysis for transformer condition assessment, insulating oil monitoring, specific requirements and compatibility testing of insulating materials, recommendations for materials and equipment handling, investigations of faults and post-mortem analyses.
Dr. Diego Robalino is the Global Industry Director – Utilities Transformers at Megger. He specializes in the diagnosis of complex electrical testing procedures and the strategic development of state-of-the-art transformer testing technology. He has over 25 years of involvement in the electrical engineering profession with management responsibilities in the power systems, oil and gas, and research arenas.
Diego is a Senior Member of IEEE, a member of CIGRE USA, a member of the IEEE/PES Transformers Committee, and a certified Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute (PMI), he served as General Chairman for the IEEE/DEIS 2020 and 2022 Electrical Insulation Conference. He is the author and co-author of over 50 technical articles related to power, distribution, and instrument transformer condition assessment and a continuous contributor to NETA Standards revisions. Diego received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University while researching power system optimization with a focus on aging equipment
Vojko Mrdic has been working as applications engineer in transformer testing group at DV Power, a well-known manufacturer of test and measurement equipment for electric power industry. His responsibilities include development of new methods for transformer testing, providing technical support to DV Power customers, as well as performing on-site field testing. Before joining DV Power 13 years ago, he had been working at the large apparatus manufacturer Energoinvest RAOP for 1 year as a junior engineer in circuit breakers and instrument transformers development department. Vojko has a BSc diploma degree in electrical engineering from the University of East Sarajevo.
Roberto Fernández is an experienced Electrical Engineer who has spent most of his career on the transformer design field and R&D activities focused on the magneto-electric and thermal design for a wide range of transformer applications. He is member of the IEC, CIGRE and several national and international working groups. He is currently the Application Technical Leader at Cargill Bioindustrial.
Alfredo Ortiz Fernández is Professor in the area of Electrical and Energy Engineering at the University of Cantabria.
His research focused on the analysis of the quality of electrical energy, electromagnetic and thermal studies of electrical machines and optimization of energy systems in buildings. On these topics, he has supervised 6 doctoral theses, published 73 publications, 50 of them considered by the Journal of Citation Report (JCR-index), more than 80 congress communications, and 5 book chapters.
He has also participated in several national and European research projects. He has also participated or led several projects contracted by important private companies such as Repsol, Iberdrola, Eon, Gas Natural, Nissan or Robert Bosch. Moreover, he is also Associate Editor of Electrical Engineering-Archiv für Elektrotechnik and he is an active member of national and international working groups in the area of power transformers, such as the Spanish Association for Standardization (UNE), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the European Commission for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) and CIGRE.
Field Service engineer since 1976 working for Merlin-Gerin on GIS Switchgear, Schneider Electric Equipment, JST Tranformateurs , following in SIEMENS as African Aera sales Manager and JST Maintenance as business development
Dr. Sameera completed his Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Honors) and Master of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. After graduating, he worked as a High Voltage Laboratory Instructor at the University of Peradeniya and as a Research Assistant in the Condition Monitoring Team at the Engineering Design Centre. He then pursued his PhD at the University of Queensland, Australia. Following that, he joined the same university as a postdoctoral research fellow, where he investigated the use of drone footage and Machine Learning technologies for detecting overhead conductor defects. After completing his fellowship, he became a consultant at EA Technology, one of the world’s leading asset management consultancy service providers. Currently, he works as an asset strategy engineer at Energy Queensland, the largest distribution network service provider in Australia.
Fabrizio Ferrari was born in Pavia (Italy) in 1968. He is a Senior Consultant for CESI, for some major Utilities (e.g. EGP, A2A) and for transformer manufacturers. He has experience in small, medium and large power transformers and the main HV, MV and LV components. Previous experience as Quality and Environmental Management Systems Responsible in Italian leader transformer manufacturer Groups. Member of IEC/CEI TC 10, TC 14, TC 36 and TC 68, member of CENELEC TC 14, member of CIGRE A.2 and T&D Europe. Chairman of “Transformers Group” in ANIE Energia (Federation associated to Confindustria).
Christian Pößniker received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, in 2015 and 2019, respectively and the B.Eng. (Hons) and M.Eng. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Queensland, Australia, in 2017. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree within the Centre for Smart Grid, Department of Engineering, at the University of Exeter, United Kingdom. He has previously worked as a certified electronics technician after receiving a craftsman apprenticeship in Germany in 2010. His research interests include ageing transformer insulation systems and overloading constraints.
Founder of Sea Marconi in 1968, is the inventor of more than 40 international patents for processes and technologies in the field of decontamination, detoxification, dehalogenation of Persistant Organic Pollutants.
He is also an International Technical Specialist for the interpretation of analytical results, diagnostics and life cycle management of insulating fluids and transformers.
He is the Italian representative in several International Working Groups: IEC T10 Assistant Secretary, Convenor of MT 31 (particles), member of TC 10 Working Group (21,22,24,25,32,33,34,35) Cenelec and Cigre.
He published several papers in international conferences and technical journals.
He is the Editor of My Transfo Meeting and co-president of My Transfo do Brasil in cooperation with Terna and Sea Marconi.
He is also the coordinator of the European Project Haloclean for the thermo-chemical process of materials like WEEE and Biomasses for Bioenergy.
Dr Roizman is a founder and managing director of Intellpower Pty. Ltd. in Australia, an engineering consulting and services company with an emphasis on continuous online monitoring, diagnostics and life management of power transformers. Dr Roizman has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Economics (Hons.). Oleg is an inventor, sought-after speaker, educator, a member of the IEEE Transformer Committee, and a member of various CIGRE working groups and has written over 30 technical papers.
Dr Bruce Pahlavanpour BSC, DIC, PHD from Imperial College, London. Recently he joined Ergon International as consultant. Dr Pahlavanpour was Chief Specialist for the Electrical industry application group within Nynas TDMS.
He joined Nynas during 2002. He was chairman of IEC, TC10 (insulating fluids) and chairman of BSI, GEL10. Previous to that he was professor of petroleum chemistry at Cranfield University working for National Grid UK, University lecturer and head of Environmental studies department. Dr Bruce is world recognised expert in the filled of insulating oil.
He is IEC2006 and Lloyds Register of Shipping award winner.
He received special commendation from British Standardization Institute in 2015. Dr Pahlavanpour published over 380 articles, reports in international journals, seminars, technical reports, chapters in Nynas transformer oil hand book, two chapters in CRC Rubber hand book (CRC publication, USA) and one chapter in petro Analysis 87 (Butterworth publication UK).
Fabio Scatiggio was born in Venezia, Italy, in 1957.
He was with ENEL and then with Terna Rete Italia as Chemical Laboratory Manager for more than 30 years Currently he is with A&A Fratelli Parodi as senior advisor on liquids for electrical applications. He is the Chairman of CT10 (fluids for electrotechnical applications) of the Italian Electrotechnical Committee (CEI). He is member of many IEC TC10 working groups and convener of PT62975 (in-service natural esters). He is also full member in CIGRE SC-A2 (transformers) and SC-D1 (emerging materials) and chair of JWG D1/A2.77 (liquid test on electrical equipment). He is also Senior Member and Reviewing Author for IEEE, and member of ASTM D27 Committee.
Mr. Scatiggio has published many scientific papers with focus on transformers diagnosis by DGA, on problems related with presence of corrosive sulphur in oil, on transformers’ Health Index, on Natural Insulating Esters, on new optical sensors for on-line monitoring, on PCB decontamination techniques, etc. Mr. Scatiggio received the “IEC Award 1906” in 2008 and was awarded as “CIGRE Distinguished Member” in 2012.